FIRE WALKER SHARES TAHITIAN TRADITION IN VANUATU

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By Esther Tinning

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 29) –Luganville residents will be fortunate to witness another fire walking performance by Prince Ariipaea Salmon from Tahiti today.

Prince Ariipaea hails from a traditional background in Tahiti called the Hinanui, which means the secret God of love, beauty and working together- gathering together around a fire to remember the ancestors of Tahiti who had walked through "tambu" fire in Tahiti.

After the fire walk, the ancestors of Ariipaea were believed to have received blessings in the form of food and tropical drinks such as Kava, auti, noni and yam in addition to assisting them during times of trouble.

The ceremony is celebrated every year from August to September at full moon.

Originally, high-ranking people who had gone through this walk and received the rank "Tahua" were the only ones entitled to perform the fire walk ceremony.

Prince Ariipaea, who has been living in Luganville for some years now, had been using this event to raise funds for Luganville communities in need. But Ariipaea has lived in Vanuatu for more than 10 years.

He will be performing today September 29 as a historical ceremony for his clans as well as help raise funds for the Anglican Church in Chapuis. The funds will be used to complete their church house, planned to be opened on October 24 this year.

The Church members and any interested friends are requested to attend and support this event and to witness this unique cultural event.

September 30, 2004

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com/

 

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